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Judith Blacklock top tips RHS Chelsea Flower Show May 2017

Judith's Top Chelsea Tips

If you're visiting RHS Chelsea Flower Show this week follow Judith's top ten tips:

- If this is your first time at the Show buy a catalogue as soon as you arrive. Not cheap but worth it.

- If arriving early at the Bull Ring entrance see the Show Gardens first on Main Avenue, then the Fresh gardens (left of Main Avenue) and then go to the Artisan Gardens which are a little off the beaten track.

- The Grand Pavilion is wonderful and it's easier to view the stands there than the gardens.

- Wedgewood have a raised stand in the centre of the Great Pavilion - they are generously providing complimentary cups of their delightful tea without charge. A must.

- Visit the Floristry section - wonderful competitive exhibits. See if you agree with the judges!

- Washrooms - there are plenty but usually in high demand so best to locate on arrival as some of them are tucked away.

- Take a sandwich and a bottle of water with you as the queues are long and you will not want to waste time.

- Seats are in great demand so try and take something to sit on.

- Wear layers - it can be hot, cold, windy or wet - and all in the same day so be prepared.

- Shoes - make sure they are comfortable.